At Minnesota Zoo, Some Upgrades Will Wait
APPLE VALLEY (AP) – The new Hawaiian monk seals at the Minnesota Zoo will have to wait.
Officials at the zoo in Apple Valley wanted to renovate a million-gallon tank in Discovery Bay to house the seals. The zoo needs another $1 million to finish that work before the seals can move in.
But state lawmakers didn’t approve the $15 million the zoo requested in construction borrowing.
Plans to remodel the zoo’s snow monkey exhibit are also on hold.
The zoo is moving forward with privately funded projects. That includes a new “Crossroads Park” with a carousel featuring endangered species. That will go where the zoo’s Replay Park now sits on the Northern Trail.